Ladies Night Returns to The Cotton Company

ladies night

Ladies, get ready for a Fun Filled Night at The Cotton Company, Friday June 21st.
Bring your friends and spend a Spa Themed Evening with us inside The Marketplace and The Art Gallery. Enjoy vendor product demos and special spa themed treats like mini massage and henna art. We’ll be trying out our new home made photo booth so get ready to strike a pose and let us share the fun on facebook.
Enjoy refreshments like special iced teas from Bean Therapy and free samples of our house wine. Check out the latest fashion and accessory trends for summer and get those perfect items to make your vacations fashionable and stress free.

Art After Hours with Jane Steelman


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Enjoy an Artist Reception in The Gallery from 6-9pm on Friday May 10th. Meet Featured Artist Jane Steelman and admire her Alcohol Ink on Tile Exhibit.
We will also host Live Music from 6-8:30 provided by The Music Academy South inside The Marketplace. And enjoy an extended art show from 6-9 upstairs in The Event Gallery. Additional works provided for exhibit by The Heritage High School AP Art Class upstairs in The Event Gallery.

Art After Hours is the Wake Forest Monthly Art Walk in the Historic Downtown Area.  Enjoy mingling up and down South White Street with the local artist community and lovers of art community.  Refreshments will be served inside our Art Gallery from 5:30-9pm.

We’re Bringing Back Mimosa Monday’s

To properly celebrate Mother’s Day in May we’re bringing back

The Mimosa Monday In-Store Event!


Enjoy shopping again by joining us for Mimosa’s on Mondays inside The Cotton Company Marketplace and Art Gallery.  Each Monday in May, we’ll be serving up this delicious cocktail to our customers from 10am-2pm.  Don’t miss this wonderful shopping experience and remember to bring your mom out here, buy her a sweet present and drink mimosa’s together…  It doesn’t get better than that!


Don’t pass up Beach Week at The Cotton Company!

Between 10am-12pm on July 9th-14th enjoy mimosas, mint water, and little treats! Enjoy our beach atmosphere that will make you feel like you are on vacation.

Special Sale Report!

This is a Special Sale Report!

Our Loyal Customers and Newsletter Readers often ask if we send coupons or sales in these weekly newsletters. That is a great question and here is our first sale notification list.

This week we have some new items up for sale:

Cornercopia our beloved Chamilia Bead provider is holding a 
Leap Year Sales Event February 29th – March 4th
Get 25% Off ALL Chamilia Jewelry when you spend $100 or more.
(this offer cannot be combined with other offers)

You can also find up to 50% off of red dot items at Toads and Tulips.
Find Style Savvy baby gear and toys for toddlers and infants.

New sale lasting through March at Snapping Beauty.
Find 25% off the entire booth through March 30th.

Find other sale items through out the store in booths such as:
And, don’t miss our Clearance Booth, up to 50% off some items.

Thanks for shopping with us.  Let us know how we can improve.
The Cotton Company
306 S. White Street, Wake Forest, NC
 As always, we are open 362 days a year, 7 days a week! 
Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM | Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM Sunday 1 – 6 PM

Featured Vendor and Favorite Items

Each week The Cotton Company is featuring one of our vendors to help spread the word about what an incredible group of business we host down here on South White Street.

This week our Featured vendor is: Peruvian Patty.  For the past 5 years Patricia Paz has been sharing Handcrafted Goods from Peru with the Wake Forest area.  Some of our customer favorites are her adorable children’s clothes and the unique Chulucanas Pottery.

Also, we’re starting a new “Staff Favorites” segment of our newsletter and blog posts.  This week Ruth decided that this new sundress and hat combo created a desire to run off to the beach.  Now, that is an idea that I can get behind, so enjoy this image from Carolina Clover and gain your own beach loving dreams.

Puppy Love Sale in February!

This month, for 29 full days, Resident Artist Dick Larsen is offering a Special “Puppy Love”
Sale on his one of a kind artwork.  Custom Pet Portraits are his specialty and right now you can order a 12×12 Hand Painted creation for only $125.00!  This size painted canvas normally runs $225.00 – that is a $100.00 discount!

Now is the time to take your favorite pet images and have them transformed into a timeless work of art.  Deals like this don’t happen every day!  Come into The Cotton Company to meet Dick in person and to see some of his recent work.

Visit us in person at 306 South White St. Wake Forest NC.  We are open 7 days a week, 10-6 M-Th and 10-8 Fr-Sat.  1-6 on Sundays.  See you soon!

The Newspapers Love Us!



We recently have seen some happy press in our local news paper.  We have always known that The Cotton Company is a host for lots of interesting people to bring their business to life in Wake Forest – and now the big city decided to take notice.  The following is an article about long term Resident Artist Dick Larsen and his journey in this life as an artist.

Thank you for reading…

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2012

From ads to pets: a painter’s journey by Alex Granados

You know Wake Forest painter Dick Larsen. You don’t realize it, but you do. Remember that 1970s Tootsie Pop ad that asks how many licks it takes to get to the center? That’s Dick Larsen’s work. Larsen, 68, spent years in advertising, but if you met him today, you wouldn’t know it. In fact, you’d probably be coming to him with a photo of a pet, maybe a dog, and requesting a portrait. That’s his specialty these days: painting pets. Have a special dog? Maybe a cat? Heck, even a gerbil or rattlesnake? You can bring it down to Dick Larsen’s studio at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest and get him to duplicate its likeness in paint.

What started off with one random request has become a full-time business. Larsen spent years creating ads before ending up in North Carolina in the early 1990s. He’d always wanted to be a painter, but the realities of life led him to advertising. “I had to go make some real money and support my family,” he said. But in Raleigh, his wife had a job with an ad firm, and Larsen, fresh off a five-year stint at a Florida ad company, decided to devote himself to painting. His work used to be more eclectic, but a few years back, someone asked him to paint a pet and everything changed. “People really are hung up on their pets and they really enjoy having them around,” he said. “It’s a market all by itself.” Soon other people were requesting pet portraits, and six years ago, Larsen decided to dedicate himself to reproducing their favorite furry friends. The ratio of dog to cat requests is about 10 to 1. And when I mentioned a gerbil and rattlesnake before, I wasn’t just making that up. He’s done both at one time or another.

Go to his studio and you’ll see for yourself that his business is doing well. He sits at the easel studiously brushing away, surrounded all the while by an audience of painted dogs captive on canvas. Larsen’s successful new life almost came to an end four months ago. He woke up one morning and realized he couldn’t see out of his right eye. After a visit to a few medical professionals, Larsen discovered that he’d had a stroke in one eye. It blinded it permanently, but left his other eye basically unharmed. Still, Larsen wasn’t sure he could continue painting. He was determined to try. “It took a while to just get used to the fact that I’m not going to see anymore out of this eye,” he said. “Then I said, ‘Somehow, I have to figure out how to paint.’ ” He started back slowly, changing up his method and using tools, such as a magnifying glass, to help. Aware that his handicap might change the quality of the finished work, Larsen offered customers a money-back guarantee. If they weren’t satisfied, no charges applied. But Larsen’s talent is undiminished. His paintings still enthrall customers, and business is still coming through the door. Though Larsen realized the business potential in painting pets, he said he gets creative fulfillment from his work as well. “You get these animals with their feelings and sentiment and all this kind of stuff – it’s just entertaining to bring them out and make them smile,” he said. I’ve got an adopted 11-year-old Golden Retriever that talks to me when nobody’s looking. Maybe it’s time to take her to see Larsen.

Alex Granados writes about people, places and traditions in North Raleigh and beyond. Contact him at